Laguna Mountain Ridge via the PCT is a 16.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Valley, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This section of the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada, offers expansive views of the desert to the east. The trail runs parallel to the Sunrise Highway for 16 miles with some beautiful scenery. Trail head option starts at Burnt Rancheria or Mt. Laguna Lodge at 6000 ft elevation. The trail passes through Monument peak and Garnet peak.
Five stars for the views. Parked at the end of Kwaaymii Point and hit the trail. Nice single track with great views of the Anza Borrego Desert. I Biked this on a 40degree windy desert morning 3 days after snow fall. Saw no other people during the 5 miles I completed. In retrospect I don't believe bikes are allowed on the PCT. Next time I'll hike the whole thing.
If you can catch this section while the windflowers are in bloom if makes for incredible views both near and far. I uploaded a video of this hike on YouTube. Just search #thisgirlhikes.
The PCT is not open to Mountain bikes, counter to what the trail tags indicate.
Beautiful fall hike. Not difficult, beautiful views. Lots or wildlife evidence (tracks) along the way, and not a soul on the trail. Mountain lion evidence just off the trail (deer bones), so not a good one to hike alone.
my boyfriend and i made a short hike and camp-over-night trip out of this one by just doing a section of the trail. not a whole lot of spots to camp but the views are amazing the whole time. it is mostly downhill on the way in so you do have to work a bit more on the way back like a few other people have said. i would love to do it again and go farther next time but might plan it for more fall time since the heat is so intense this time of year for a long all day hike.
We did a portion of this hike. The views were nice and there was a lot of vegetation. Would have liked to gone further.
Did an out and back one night backpacking trip on this section of the PCT the other day. Started at the desert overlook trail head and headed north to Garnett Peak then back tracked to a campsite in the meadow. Great view of anza the whole time. A recent fire last summer has made most the hike on the east side of sunrise highway a burnt moonscape but still a nice hike. Going north, it's all downhill for the most part so be prepared to climb a bit on the way back.
Perfect for serenity and solitude.
My friend and I did this trail in late-December 2012. There was a little bit of snow on the ground which made it fun. The view is gorgeous. You park at the end of the street. There was only one other car when we got there & enough room for about 4-5 more cars or so.
Me and a buddy did this trail at the opportune time of year. In the Early Spring the flowers are everywhere and the colors of the landscape really pop out at you. Wildlife was abundant, at night, arguably too abundant. Going in the summer months is not advised as temperatures have been known to reach triple digits.
Small dogs or other small pets not advised, we ran into many coyotes on our trip and a half eaten deer leg.
Hiked this with my brother on May 10, 2012. This hike was easy and offered spectacular views of Anza Borrega desert on one side of the trail and lush Pine Valley on the other. To answer Paul: one cannot ride a bike on the trail (per plentiful signage).
Can you really ride a bike on this part of the PCT as indicated on this app?
We love to hike this section of the PCT when we camp at Burnt Rancheria. Fabulous views and a nice range from rocky exposed to rolling meadow. Would love to keep going all the way to Canada!